Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ty's 1st Birthday - Let's Have a Ball Party

Oh, we totally did have a ball. 
It was just so much fun. I am still trying to take it all in. 
 In the end, all that matters is that Ty turned one and we celebrated him. 
 He was amazing the entire night and stayed up way past his bedtime and smiled the entire time despite waking up with a little cold and runny nose. (doesn't that always happen on their birthdays?) 
 It was surreal singing happy birthday to Ty because I remember it being Kinley in that high chair such a short time ago. I could not be more thankful for my sweet babies and I am so thankful that we have blogs and digital pictures and ways to document our memories of these special occasions. 

 The decorations were so simple and just a few things made an impact. 
 All I really did was hang some balls from the ceiling, string the styrofoam ball garland on fishing line, sew together some circle punch out garland, and make a happy birthday banner with my silhouette. Gum balls also added a fun pop in my apothecary jar and hot glued on a cardboard number one. 
 And that was all the decorations....except, of course, I had to add his month-by-month birthday picture banner. IMG_1520 IMG_1527 picstitch-3 IMG_1541 
The party favors included bubbles, bouncy balls, ball-shaped candy, and gum balls. All inside these amazing colorful favor balls that I found at party city. So perfect! IMG_1532 The food was also all in the "ball" theme. We had cheese balls, cheeto puff balls, grapes, balled watermelon, cake balls, meatballs, sausage balls, etc. 
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Mendy made an amazing ball shaped smash cake for Ty. I really have the best cake person ever. She customizes for me for every party and is always up for the challenge. She also made some cupcakes which we topped off with gum balls.
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IMG_1555 And I had to make Ty a t-shirt for his big day. I love a long sleeved tee. That day it was rainy and actually got cool so I am glad it was long-sleeved. photo-175 
 The night could NOT have been half of what it was without Maverick. He let us borrow his "jump jump" bounce house that we loaded down with bouncy balls, and two ball pits and all his ball pit balls. It really helped make our ball theme! Thank you! IMG_1534 IMG_1727 IMG_1734 IMG_1737 IMG_1606 IMG_1579 IMG_1578 Confession time...I really tried to tone it down with the invite list for Ty's party. 
 I knew it was going to be on a Friday night and I didn't want everyone invited to feel obligated to come after a long week and I just feel like I am asking so many people to come to parties all the time with my birthday and all of Kinley's party. I just felt guilty a little inviting anyone but family and friends that Ty sees on a really regular basis. 
 But, then the day of the party came and I was so sad that I didn't just invite everyone! I missed so many people and was second-guessing myself...I mean, people can decide whether they want to come or not, right!? 
 Just because they get the invite doesn't mean they are forced to come....it was such an inner battle for me. 
 But, I tried to suck it up and remember that this is not about ME and just focus on making it the best for Ty. And he did have SO much fun. 
 We are so blessed with such close family and friends that really know and love Ty. IMG_1756 IMG_1747 IMG_1634 IMG_1702 picstitch-8 IMG_1681 IMG_1726 picstitch-6 IMG_1732 IMG_1620 IMG_1630 IMG_1611 IMG_1701 IMG_1699 IMG_1694 IMG_1597 IMG_1575 IMG_1594 IMG_1591 IMG_1584 He was a little more reserved than I thought he would be about diving into his smash cake. I mean, this kid eats anything and everything. I think he must have just been a little shy in front of all the people but, once he started in on it...he definitely loved it and ate until I had to pull him away. IMG_1638 IMG_1645 IMG_1646 IMG_1647 IMG_1649 IMG_1650 IMG_1667 IMG_1668 IMG_1670 IMG_1671 IMG_1672 The kids just played and played and played all night long. They loved jumping, coloring, dressing up, and loved running around the court and riding Kinley's car in the street. IMG_1596 IMG_1600 picstitch-7 IMG_1690 IMG_1687 IMG_1682 IMG_1725 IMG_1621 IMG_1617 picstitch-5 IMG_1626 
Opening presents was a total whirlwind. Kinley and some other kids just started ripping things up and I ran over as fast as I could with pen and paper trying to make notes about what all Ty got. It was over in about 2 minutes. 
 I hope I got everything written down! IMG_1707 IMG_1711 
Around that time we tried to take a sibling picture and one of them both with me...but, these are the best I got. 
(notice Kinley's like 100th outfit change of the evening) IMG_1712 IMG_1724 At the end of the night they all decided to have their own "ball" and get dressed up and dance in the study. They all looked and danced beautifully at the ball. It was so fun to witness them all get dressed up to go to the ball.
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Happy Birthday to my precious baby boy. 
Your first year has been an absolute dream come true. 
 I am crazy about you and so blessed by knowing you. 
 I love you to pieces. IMG_1565 IMG_1562 IMG_1736

7 comments:

Honey said...

I loved the whole evening! The ball theme was perfect for Ty and he was definitely a champ. I think everyone had a great time and you would never know you tried to tone down the decorations. It was all so cute!

Allison said...

It was such a fun party! Everything was perfect and we had a ball! I love sweet Ty and can't believe he is already one! All of the pictures are just so so sweet of the kids playing together and Ben's grass skirt is to die for! I love the ball they put on. Great party Linds!

Nat said...

Everything turned out wonderful! Looks like you all had a blast! Way to go mama! Happy 1st birthday Ty!

Jan said...

Everyone had a ball! You are such the party planner Sweet Niece. It all looked great. Sure love TyTy. The last picture is now my computer's screen saver. Love it!

Misty said...

what a cute party!!!! I LOVE IT! You have such a cute and sweet family :) fface

lemmewritedown said...

Hi

I was looking for ideas for my son's first birthday party and he is crazy about playing with balls and any round object and found your blog.. Hats off to u for such unique and wonderful decorations.. Wanted to take your permission for using few ideas from these decorations.

Thanks
Vidhi

lemmewritedown said...

Hi

I was looking for ideas for my son's first birthday party and he is crazy about playing with balls and any round object and found your blog.. Hats off to u for such unique and wonderful decorations.. Wanted to take your permission for using few ideas from these decorations.

Thanks
Vidhi